Cushman, Richard Granville, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Armor
Last Primary MOS
3795-Tank Crewman
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1951, 3795, 72nd Tank Battalion/A Troop
Service Years
1950 - 1951

Sergeant First Class



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Home State
Idaho
Idaho
Year of Birth
1932
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pingree
Last Address
Pingree

Casualty Date
Mar 31, 1951
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 4

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 Unit Assignments
2nd Infantry Division72nd Tank Battalion
  1950-1951, 3795, 2nd Infantry Division
  1950-1951, 3795, 72nd Tank Battalion/A Troop
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
  1950-1951 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
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Last Known Activity
Sergeant First Class Cushman was a member of Company A, 72nd Medium Tank Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. He was taken Prisoner of War while fighting the enemy in North Korea on December 5, 1950 and died while a prisoner on March 31, 1951. His remains were not recovered at the time. Through the efforts of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Cushman's remains were identified on April 12, 2017. His name is permanently inscribed on the Courts of the Missing (Court 4) at the Honolulu Memorial.

Source: American Battle Monuments Commission
   
Comments/Citation

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Sergeant First Class Richard G. Cushman (ASN: RA-19352760), United States Army, for gallantry in action as a member of Company A, 72d Tank Battalion, 2d Infantry Division, in action against an armed enemy from 1 to 4 September 1950 in the vicinity of Yongsan, Korea. On 1 September 1950 Sergeant Cushman volunteered for a patrol that was to move through territory where the enemy had penetrated the infantry's defensive positions and had surrounded and overrun several rifle companies. While on this patrol he voluntarily manned the antiaircraft mounted .50 caliber machine gun which made it necessary for him to ride on the exposed rear deck of the tank. Despite the intense small arms fire from both flanks and the front he refused to leave his dangerous position and continued to deliver effective and accurate fire in support of the belabored infantry. Largely through his actions, the tank patrol aided in successfully halting the enemy while the infantry formed a new defensive line which eventually stopped the enemy's advance. On 4 September 1950 he again voluntarily manned the .50 caliber machine gun on the rear deck of his tank while his section was attacking a strongly defended enemy position. Although subjected o intense enemy anti-tank gun and small arms fire he remained in his exposed position and delivered a heavy concentration of machine gun fire upon the enemy. During this action the tank upon which he was riding was hit by anti-tank fire seven times. His heroic conduct was greatly instrumental to the accomplishment of the section's mission and in recovering two dead American soldiers. His gallantry on these occasions was an inspiration to his comrades and reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.


General Orders: Headquarters, 2d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 92 (November 24, 1950)

Action Date: September 1 - 4, 1950
   
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